Jeff Baker Acquired by Cubs for Minor League Pitcher with Awesome Name

Chris Murphy@@SeeMurphsTweetsAnalyst IJuly 2, 2009

CHICAGO - APRIL 15: Jeff Baker of the Colorado Rockies, wearing a #42 jersey on Jackie Robinson Day, hits the ball against the Chicago Cubs on April 15, 2009 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Rockies defeated the Cubs 5-2. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

The Chicago Cubs acquired Colorado Rockies infielder Jeff Baker for Minor League pitcher Alberto Alburquerque today.  It's another huge splash in Jim Hendry's quest toward .500.

Baker is currently batting .130 with three RBI and one stolen base.  Baker went on the 15-day DL on Apr. 29 and was transferred to the 60-day DL on May 24, so he should fit in well with the Cubs motto of "get hurt early and often." 

Ryan Freel will most likely be sent down to make room for Baker, where he will get some playing time at second, third, outfield, bullpen, and perhaps a little manager work as well. 

He is white, can grow a decent beard, doesn't hit very well and people assume he has speed although he doesn't, but unfortunately for shersey sales, he is not as small as Ryan Theriot or Mike Fontenot, so therefore cannot be considered scrappy.  Shersey sales are estimated in the thousands instead of millions due to Baker's normal height of 6'2''. 

When asked what they would miss most about Alburquerque, members of the Single-A Daytona team said the fact they would never learn how to pronounce his name.


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